FIRST BIRTHDAY PORTRAITS // Angelsea Urban

It’s no secret that I love photographing children, and little Sophia is one of the reasons why that is true. Photographing both her newborn pictures and her first birthday portraits was such a privilege and it’s exciting to be able to watch these babies grow.

Here are a few of my personal favorites from Sophia’s first birthday portraits at the studio.

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East Coast Fine Art Lifestyle Family Portrait Photographer Angelsea Urban 

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Angelsea Urban is a photographer and entrepreneur helping women use their creative gifts to nourish their homes and cultivate their businesses through practical stewardship. Her unique photography work focuses on Redefining the Family Portrait Experience by telling the story of  family through personalized foundations while creating a space to strengthen family bonds throughout the experience. As a certified tax professional and seasoned business consultant, Angelsea has helped the careers of photographers, restaurateurs, musicians and general small business owners through teaching, workshops, coaching, and hands on consulting. Her ministry work focuses on fostering creative gifts in women entrepreneurs to prioritize family and discipleship. She has photographed for families, brides, Bravo TV, NFL Films, and more and has been featured on multiple blogs and magazine print for her work in photography and in business. Angelsea teaches and photographs throughout the United States, and resides with her husband of 17 years, their two children, and their barely 3 pound Yorkie near Long Beach Island, New Jersey.  

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August 21, 2014 - 6:30 pm

Kathy Bryan Azar - LOVE!

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Rachelle Chase - sooooo sweet!!

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Tara - Well now this is just one of the sweetest things. Ever.

Product Feature // Custom Heirloom Wood Chapter Box

Portraits should be in your hand. To touch and feel and pass around in a tangible way. As more and more people embrace the tangible portrait experience, it’s so important to me that client’s be able to touch and feel handcrafted items that will be passed down for generations. Digital products are fun, for now. And we love to have our family portraits on our phones and spread through social media to share with those who we don’t get to see daily. But for family in the years to come, it’s a wonderful thing to cherish the tangible items that your grandchildren will one day hold.

From the handcrafted chapter box to the hand made linen envelopes, and from the hand dyed ribbon to the hand bound linen journals, each item has been touched by an artisan that cares for their products and it’s representation as much as I care for the photographs that will be showcased through them. It’s their legacy to help provide these tangible items to pass on to your family.

These are just some of the items that are included with every portrait session in The Story of Family Experience®. There is a specific intentional purpose to each of these items, and as we work together I can’t wait to walk you through each one!

Here are just a few examples of what clients can expect from their portrait experience.

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Be sure to book your summer session before dates are full.

Thanks for visiting today!

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East Coast Fine Art Lifestyle Family Portrait Photographer Angelsea Urban 

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Angelsea Urban is a photographer and entrepreneur helping women use their creative gifts to nourish their homes and cultivate their businesses through practical stewardship. Her unique photography work focuses on Redefining the Family Portrait Experience by telling the story of  family through personalized foundations while creating a space to strengthen family bonds throughout the experience. As a certified tax professional and seasoned business consultant, Angelsea has helped the careers of photographers, restaurateurs, musicians and general small business owners through teaching, workshops, coaching, and hands on consulting. Her ministry work focuses on fostering creative gifts in women entrepreneurs to prioritize family and discipleship. She has photographed for families, brides, Bravo TV, NFL Films, and more and has been featured on multiple blogs and magazine print for her work in photography and in business. Angelsea teaches and photographs throughout the United States, and resides with her husband of 17 years, their two children, and their barely 3 pound Yorkie near Long Beach Island, New Jersey.  

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2015 TOOLBOX PRODUCT LINE // Angelsea Urban

After it’s initial launch almost 2 years ago, I am so excited to announce that the Photographer’s Business Toolbox has been expanded for 2015!

Over these past 2 years working with both photographers and creative entreprenuars I have learned that most business owners need a lot more than just an organized space to crunch their numbers, but more tools to help organize LIFE and help to manage the dreaded work/life/family balance. With that feedback, I have designed new products that will fill some of these most requested features!

For 2015, the new line will offer products for both financial management and business organization, but also personal budgeting, home management, and general organizational tools for both business and personal management.

New products will be available for the fall release on September 15th! 

 

For now, you can still access the current toolbox as seen here below:

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Then GET READY for September 15th! Where you can find updates to our most popular products above, AND a sneak peak on some of our new product categories coming your way!

 

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THANK YOU to all who entered into our GIVEAWAY this week! The winner is: JESSICA CHAVEZ!!! Congratulations Jessica!!

Please send an email to photographersbusinesstoolbox@gmail.com to claim your prize!

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If you are looking for answers for YOUR specific business, consider looking into a personal coaching session. Be sure to contact us before spots are completely full! ONLY a LIMITED number of appointments left for summer!

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East Coast Fine Art Lifestyle Family Portrait Photographer Angelsea Urban 

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Angelsea Urban is a photographer and entrepreneur helping women use their creative gifts to nourish their homes and cultivate their businesses through practical stewardship. Her unique photography work focuses on Redefining the Family Portrait Experience by telling the story of  family through personalized foundations while creating a space to strengthen family bonds throughout the experience. As a certified tax professional and seasoned business consultant, Angelsea has helped the careers of photographers, restaurateurs, musicians and general small business owners through teaching, workshops, coaching, and hands on consulting. Her ministry work focuses on fostering creative gifts in women entrepreneurs to prioritize family and discipleship. She has photographed for families, brides, Bravo TV, NFL Films, and more and has been featured on multiple blogs and magazine print for her work in photography and in business. Angelsea teaches and photographs throughout the United States, and resides with her husband of 17 years, their two children, and their barely 3 pound Yorkie near Long Beach Island, New Jersey.  

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Photographers Business Toolbox // GIVEAWAY

It’s that time of year again! The Photographer’s Business Toolbox will be revamped with some new and exciting business products for the 2015 Fiscal Year.

To celebrate, we will be giving away a FREE copy of our MOST POPULAR product – the Mobile Workflow Chart.  $99 Value!

 

The Mobile Workflow Chart was specifically designed for the photography industry with YOUR needs in mind.

Complete workflow system with product cost tracker – know your pending out of pocket costs at all times AND Manage online!

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To enter the giveaway, follow the simple steps below:

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Winner will be announced on Thursday’s blog post, so be sure to check back then!

And be sure to check our the Photographer’s Business Toolbox this fall for the 2015 Product Line of business products and helpful resources for photographers and creative entrepreneurs.

If you are looking for answers for YOUR specific business, consider looking into a personal coaching session. Be sure to contact us before spots are completely full! ONLY a LIMITED number of appointments left for summer!

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East Coast Fine Art Lifestyle Family Portrait Photographer Angelsea Urban 

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Angelsea Urban is a photographer and entrepreneur helping women use their creative gifts to nourish their homes and cultivate their businesses through practical stewardship. Her unique photography work focuses on Redefining the Family Portrait Experience by telling the story of  family through personalized foundations while creating a space to strengthen family bonds throughout the experience. As a certified tax professional and seasoned business consultant, Angelsea has helped the careers of photographers, restaurateurs, musicians and general small business owners through teaching, workshops, coaching, and hands on consulting. Her ministry work focuses on fostering creative gifts in women entrepreneurs to prioritize family and discipleship. She has photographed for families, brides, Bravo TV, NFL Films, and more and has been featured on multiple blogs and magazine print for her work in photography and in business. Angelsea teaches and photographs throughout the United States, and resides with her husband of 17 years, their two children, and their barely 3 pound Yorkie near Long Beach Island, New Jersey.  

To book your session with Angelsea Urban, please visit www.angelseaurban.com

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August 12, 2014 - 6:36 pm

Sara Montague Miller - This would definitely help me to stay organized and be more efficient! :)

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Melanie Fee - Oh this would be SUCH a blessing I can’t even tell ya! I have literally been using a dry erase board (UG that a bit embarrassing! lol) to mark where I am in my session workflow, BUT it doesn’t work too well when my little boy wants to ass his “artistic touch to it! I am such a fan & feel like this mobile chart may just be my new bff!

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Allyson Dempsey Boop - This will be helpful when I need to see my finances on the go!!

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Amanda Kaye - This would help so much with keeping track of my finances!

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Carmaleta Ann B. Billups - This will be so awesome to help me keep up!! It would definitely bring some “sameness” into my crazy life!

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Jessica C. - I’ve slowly been working on getting my finances healthy for the first part of the year and I’m continuing to do so. This would be extra amazing help!

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Jana L. - I love anything that will help with organization and productivity! My life is hectic with three kids and trying to run a business too!

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tammy - You are amazing. Who would not want one of your fabulous products?

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Tara - Love this! Anything Angie Urban is sure to help my productivity!! :)

Business Q&A // Should I be a Sole Prop or an LLC?

During every business coaching session and workshop, when talking about “getting legit” the first question is usually this:

 

“What is the difference between an LLC and a Sole Prop?  Which is right for me?”

 

LLC Definition: Like a corporation, a limited liability company or “LLC”, is a separate and distinct legal entity. This means that an LLC can obtain a tax identification number, open a bank account and do business, all under its own name. The primary advantage of an LLC is that its owners, known as members, have “limited liability”, meaning that, under most circumstances, they are not personally liable for the debts and liabilities of the LLC. For example, if an LLC is forced into bankruptcy, then, absent special circumstances, the members will not be required to pay the LLC’s debts with their own money. If the assets of the LLC are not enough to cover the debts and liabilities, the creditors generally cannot look to the members, managers or officers for recovery.

An LLC can be taxed either as a “pass-through” entity, like a sole proprietorship or partnership, or as a regular corporation. By default, an LLC is taxed as a pass-through entity, and the owners of the LLC are not subject to double taxation. With an LLC, the members have the option to have the profits “pass through” to the owners who pay taxes at their individual tax rates.

Sole Proprietorship Definition: The sole proprietorship is the simplest business form under which one can operate a business. The sole proprietorship is not a legal entity. It simply refers to a person who owns the business and is personally responsible for its debts.

“Blah, blah, blah – What the heck does that all mean?”

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ANSWER:

Technically speaking there is a number of differences in the corporate world and beyond with regard to how many members you can have, formalities of meetings, etc.  For the specifics of a single owner/operator of a photography business the most basic different is this:

In a Sole Prop you are personally liable for whatever happens. Unlike the LLC, if you go bankrupt it is all you. Not just your business because you are your business. That can be very harsh on you and your own personal credit.  Odds are if your business is in debt, you had to personally co-sign to acquire the line of credit anyway, so LLC or not, you would still be liable.

 

BOTH Sole Prop & Single Member LLCs:

Are reported on your personal federal Tax Return on a Schedule C:  Profit & Loss for Business.

Are subject to Self-employment taxes from net income (after being calculated on your Sch C).

 

99.9% of any concern over whether or not one should be an LLC or a Sole Prop has to do with what assets you will lose if you get sued.

 

So…. how about you don’t get sued? Problem solved right?

What are some reasons a client can sue you?

Card Failure? Act of God? Catastrophic emergency? Accidentally damaging property?

 

Refer to your contract

If you start your relationship off with your clients with an excellent contract, then there is no reason to go beyond the terms of that agreement you both signed. Be sure your contract covers what will happen in those worst case scenarios. What will you offer your clients in the event of a card failure and their wedding images are lost? (This would also assume that you had NO secondary back up images, or second shooter, or that the entire wedding was shot on one card and now they are gone – ALL of this is an extremely SLIM chance because as a professional working photographer, you would establish good business practices and would not allow for THIS many unprotected holes to go untidy.) BUT – assuming there were THIS many holes, and you lose the wedding, and you get sued…..

 

What does your contract say? Does it say that you are liable for the return of all funds paid? Does it say that any disputes go to mediation? Does it say that on top of a refund, you will offer a portrait session as restitution?

 

So….. Get a good contract. But also….

 

Establish good business practices. Look out for your client’s best interests. Give GREAT customer service. Cultivate your business.

 

Is it raining when your family portrait session at the beach is scheduled and it is the ONLY time the entire family will be together and they don’t want their session in the rain? You might want to consider your client’s best interests and offer them a refund or another type of session as compensation. If not, they might want to sue you for NOT giving them a refund OR service.

 

Did you have a camera malfunction at that wedding? Then by all means do everything in your power to compensate that bride. Don’t be stingy. It’s her WEDDING. Give her family a free session, offer an After the Wedding session, upgrade her album with extra pages for the images you DO have. Don’t wait for her to sue you. Give her EXCELLENT customer service.

 

If not, they might want to sue you for NOT giving them a refund OR service. In the end it boils down to the contract you have both signed and what you agreed to what would happen.

 

Not so much on whether or not you are an LLC or a Sole Prop.
Where do you find a great contract?

You can hire a lawyer and get one customized for your business, or you could contact The LawTog  Rachel Brenke and purchase one of her pre made contract templates. Rachel has kindly extended a special offer of 10% off anything in her shop for my readers using the code CreativeEye10 through the end of the year. Thanks Rachel! If you are not sure where to get started, she recommends her most popular contract here
If you start off with establishing a Sole Proprietorship and decided you want to change over to an LLC, I recommend contacting Legal Zoom. It is super easy, AND you get a cool embosser. lol

 

If you are looking for answers for YOUR specific business, consider looking into a personal coaching session. Be sure to contact us before spots are completely full! ONLY a LIMITED number of appointments left for summer!

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East Coast Fine Art Lifestyle Family Portrait Photographer Angelsea Urban 

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Angelsea Urban is a photographer and entrepreneur helping women use their creative gifts to nourish their homes and cultivate their businesses through practical stewardship. Her unique photography work focuses on Redefining the Family Portrait Experience by telling the story of  family through personalized foundations while creating a space to strengthen family bonds throughout the experience. As a certified tax professional and seasoned business consultant, Angelsea has helped the careers of photographers, restaurateurs, musicians and general small business owners through teaching, workshops, coaching, and hands on consulting. Her ministry work focuses on fostering creative gifts in women entrepreneurs to prioritize family and discipleship. She has photographed for families, brides, Bravo TV, NFL Films, and more and has been featured on multiple blogs and magazine print for her work in photography and in business. Angelsea teaches and photographs throughout the United States, and resides with her husband of 17 years, their two children, and their barely 3 pound Yorkie near Long Beach Island, New Jersey.  

To book your session with Angelsea Urban, please visit www.angelseaurban.com

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